Inoperable Motor Vehicles & Removal


This Chapter is enacted under authority of Section 22660 of the Vehicle Code to establish procedures for the abatement and removal, as public nuisances, of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled or inoperative motor vehicles (hereinafter referred to as vehicles) or parts thereof from private or public property in the unincorporated area of the County, and for recovery of the costs of such removal and administration of this Chapter.

The accumulation and storage of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles, or parts thereof, creates conditions likely to reduce the value of real property in the vicinity, promote blight and deterioration, invite plundering, create fire hazards and harborage for rodents and insects, and is injurious to the public peace, health, safety, and general welfare. The presence of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles, or parts thereof, within the unincorporated area constitutes a public nuisance which the County of Nevada is empowered to abate and remove in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter.


Except as otherwise expressly provided by Section 5.20.C, this Article shall apply to abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative motor vehicles, or any part thereof, situated upon any private or public property, excluding publicly maintained highways and streets, within the unincorporated area of the County of Nevada. This Article shall not apply to vehicles that are not intended to be self-propelled.


This Chapter shall not apply to any vehicle or part thereof which is either:
  1. Completely enclosed within a structure in a lawful manner where it is not visible from the street or other public or private property; or
  2. Stored or parked in a lawful manner on private property in connection with the business of a licensed dismantler, licensed vehicle dealer, salvage enterprise, or any other legally established use or subject to regulation through a Development Permit or Use Permit pursuant to Sec. L-II 5.5 and Sec. L-II 5.6 of this Article.
  3. An agricultural "implement of husbandry."
  4. Located on a parcel in such a manner that no part of any vehicle, subject to this Chapter, is visible to public view up to the total number of such vehicles allowed in accordance with the following:
    1. Parcels up to 3 acres in size: 2 vehicles allowed.
    2. Parcels from 3 to 10 acres in size: 3 vehicles allowed.
    3. Parcels over 10 acres in size: 5 vehicles allowed.
Such vehicles shall be completely screened from public view by a solid fence, vegetation, topography or any combination thereof.

The exceptions provided by this Section shall not be construed to authorize the maintenance of a public or private nuisance, as such nuisance may be defined under any provisions of law other than Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 22650) of Division 11 of the Vehicle Code.


This Article shall not be construed as excluding any other lawful remedies available to the County of Nevada for regulation, abatement and/or removal of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles situated within the unincorporated area. The procedures provided by this Article shall be in addition to any other applicable regulations, statutes, or ordinances heretofore or hereinafter enacted by the State of California, this County, or any other entity having jurisdiction in the matter.